Use a Boot CD to Boot from USB Category

Make a USB Boot CD for Ubuntu 11.10

Creating a USB Boot CD that can be used to boot your Ubuntu Live 11.10 USB Flash Drive from a PC or Mac with a BIOS that doesn't natively support booting from a USB device (USB drivers are loaded from CD). I used a Macbook Pro to test this tutorial. This process is similar to our older USB Boot CD for Ubuntu tutorial, with new requirements added to make it work with 11.10. A boot menu option has been included for booting from a Macbook (forcing bypass of the Nouveau nVidia drivers, which do not play well with a Macbook.).

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Boot from USB without BIOS Support via PLoP CD

Boot from USB without BIOS Support; In the following tutorial, we explain how to create a PLoP Boot Manager CD that can be used to boot from your USB Flash Drive. This is useful for computer systems that do not support booting from USB in BIOS.  The PLoP Boot Manager created by Elmar Hanlhofer, works by first loading essential USB drivers,  CD/DVD drivers, and Hard Disk Drivers. The user is then presented with a (Boot Menu) menu of possible boot devices detected by PLoP. The user can then proceed to select a device to try and boot from.

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Make a USB Boot CD for Linux Mint 8 or 9

Make a USB Boot CD for Linux Mint that can be used to boot Linux Mint from a USB flash memory stick on computers with a BIOS that does not natively support booting from USB. The USB Boot CD created using the following process utilizes a grub bootloader to launch the vmlinuz kernel and initrd from the CD. The USB driver modules enable detection of the filesystem.squashfs on the USB device. The filesystem is then decompressed and Linux Mint proceeds to load.

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Make a USB Boot CD for Xubuntu 9.10 or 10.04

How to Create a USB Boot CD that can be used to boot a Xubuntu USB flash drive on computers with a BIOS that does not natively support booting from USB. A Boot CD created via this process works by loading the Initial Ram Filesystem along with any USB drivers from the CD. Because the USB drivers are made available from the Boot CD, the system will then attempt to find, decompress and load the final Xubuntu squash filesystem and casper-rw persistence file (if it exists) from the USB flash drive.

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Make a USB Boot CD for Kubuntu 9.10 or 10.04

How to create a USB Boot CD that can be used to boot a Kubuntu Live USB Flash Drive from a computer with a BIOS that does not natively support booting from USB. The USB boot CD created using this tutorial launches the initrd (Initial Ram Filesystem) along with the necessary USB drivers from the CD, and then tries to boot the squash filesystem from the USB drive. Kubuntu, a derivative of Ubuntu that uses a KDE desktop environment instead of Gnome is a product of Canonical Ltd.

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Make a USB Boot CD for Ubuntu 9.10 or 10.04

How to create a USB Boot CD that can be used to boot your Ubuntu Live USB Flash Drive from a computer with a BIOS that doesn't support booting from USB. The USB Boot CD you create via this tutorial will contain the USB drivers necessary to open a USB connection. GRUB is used to launch initrd (Initial Ram Filesystem) from the CD.  The Initial Ram Filesystem then locates the squash filesystem and persistent casper-rw persistence block file on the USB device and proceeds to boot the Live USB Persistent environment.

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Make a USB Boot CD for Xubuntu 9.04

Create a USB Boot CD that can be used to boot Xubuntu 9.04 from USB flash drive on computers using a system BIOS that does not natively support booting from USB. The boot CD works by loading the initrd and vmlinuz kernel from the CD. Once the necessary USB drivers have been loaded, the boot CD proceeds to locate and load the filesystem from the USB flash drive. Because the USB driver modules are preloaded from the CD, the compressed filesystem can then be detected and loaded from the USB device even if your system BIOS does not support booting from USB.

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Make a USB Boot CD for Kubuntu 9.04

This tutorial explains how to create a USB Boot CD that can be used to boot Kubuntu 9.04 from a USB flash drive on computers utilizing a system BIOS that does not natively support booting from USB. Kubuntu is a derivative of Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop environment instead of Gnome. The USB boot CD created using this tutorial launches the initrd and vmlinuz kernel from the CD along with the necessary USB drivers, and then proceeds to locate the filesystem on the USB drive. Because the USB driver modules are preloaded from the initrd on the CD, the compressed filesystem can then be detected and loaded from the USB device.

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Make a USB Boot CD for Ubuntu 9.04

The following tutorial explains how to create a USB Boot CD that can be used to boot a Ubuntu 9.04 USB flash drive on computers with a BIOS that does not natively support booting from USB. The boot CD contains a grub bootloader that loads the initrd and vmlinuz kernel from the CD and then proceeds to locate the filesystem on the USB drive. Because the USB driver modules are preloaded from the initrd on the CD, the compressed filesystem can then be detected and loaded from the USB device.

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USB Boot CD for SLAX 6.0.9

The following SLAX Boot CD can be used to boot SLAX 6.0.9 from a USB device on computers using a system bios that does not natively support booting from USB. It could also be used to boot SLAX Linux from a flash drive on an intel based Apple Mac, MacBook, or MacBook Pro that uses EFI instead of a bios. This SLAX USB Boot CD was created by Tomas M (the creator of SLAX) for SLAX.

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Make a USB Boot CD for CrunchBang Linux

The following tutorial will enable you to create a USB Boot CD that can be used to Boot CrunchBang Linux from a USB Flash Drive on systems that do not natively support booting from USB. The USB Boot CD uses a grub bootloader to launch the vmlinuz kernel and initrd from the CD, loading the necessary USB drivers, and then proceeds to locate and extract the compressed filesystem from the flash drive. CrunchBang Linux is a unique remix based on Ubuntu.

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Make a USB Boot CD for Linux Mint 6

This USB Boot CD can be used to boot Linux Mint 6 from a USB flash drive on computers with a BIOS that does not support booting from USB. Linux Mint is a remix based on Ubuntu. The USB Boot CD uses a grub bootloader to launch the vmlinuz kernel and initrd from the CD, loading the necessary USB drivers, and then proceeds to locate and extract the compressed filesystem from the flash drive.

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Make a USB Boot CD for Kubuntu 8.10

This USB Boot CD can be used to boot Kubuntu 8.10 from a USB flash drive on computers with a BIOS that does not support booting from USB (including the Apple Mac, Macbook and, Macbook Pro). Kubuntu is a derivative of Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop environment instead of Gnome. This boot CD loads the initrd and vmlinuz kernel from the CD and then loads the necessary USB drivers, proceeding to locate and extract the filesystem from the USB flash drive.

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Make a USB Boot CD for Xubuntu 8.10

Much like a USB Boot CD that can be used to boot Ubuntu 8.10 from USB, this USB Boot CD can be used to boot a prepared Xubuntu 8.10 USB flash drive on computers containing a system BIOS that does not natively support booting from USB. The boot CD works by loading the initrd and vmlinuz kernel from the CD. Once the necessary USB drivers have been loaded, the boot CD proceeds to locate and load the filesystem from the USB flash drive.

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Make a USB Boot CD for Ubuntu 8.10

This USB Boot CD can be used to boot a Ubuntu 8.10 USB flash drive on computers with a BIOS that does not natively support booting from USB. The boot CD contains a grub bootloader that loads the initrd and vmlinuz kernel from the CD and then proceeds to locate the filesystem on the USB flash drive. Because the USB drivers are preloaded from the initrd on the CD, the USB flash drive can then easily be detected.

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